Newsletter – 22nd November

Events next week –

Wednesday 27th -9am Coffee morning in the music room with Terry Haslam, Camden Community Safety Officer

Thursday 28th – Brookfield Busy Bee’s Under 5’s drop in (9.15am)

Friday 29th – Global Climate day – children wearing green to show their support

School News –

The highlight of my week was accompanying Ash class to the Unicorn Theatre on Wednesday evening. We watched an enthralling performance of Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost. The children were complimented by a board member for their attention and exemplary behaviour. Next week I hope parents and carers will be able to join me and Terry Haslam, Community Safety Officer, to discuss local issues over tea and coffee. We also look forward to Friday’s Global Climate day where the children are invited to wear green to show their support.

Y1 Forest School

Due to colder weather conditions, please make sure your children are sent into school with coats, gloves, thick socks and some spares! Thank you

Whole School Food Policy

As part of our work towards achieving ‘Healthy School’ status, Brookfield has recently produced a Whole School Food Policy. This policy recognises the important role a healthy diet plays in a child’s health and wellbeing and outlines how the school, in partnership with parents, aims to make a major contribution to improving children and young people’s health by increasing their knowledge and understanding of food and helping them to make healthy food choices. The policy includes information about food provided throughout the school day, including Breaksfast Club and After School Club; guidance for packed lunches; teaching about healthy eating and cooking in the curriculum; information on birthdays and bake sales and much much more! You can read the full policy here on the school’s website. The PTA’s response to the new policy has been fantastic. They have embraced the idea of increasing healthy options at bake sales or replacing them with a healthier alternative altogether – this week’s Thai Takeaway was nothing short of inspirational!

Packed lunch workshop for parents and carers

As part of our new Food Policy, we have reviewed and updated our packed lunch guidance to ensure that all packed lunches eaten in school (or on school trips) provide pupils with healthy and nutritious food that is similar to food served in school and are in line with The School Food Standards. In order to support parents and carers, we are running a packed lunch workshop on Wednesday 4th December at 2.45pm in the music room. The workshop will be full of great ideas for making packed lunches even healthier and we hope it will provide inspiration for even the most fussy eaters!

Seren Quested, PSHE and Healthy School Lead

Y3 Project – Steve McQueen

Thanks to Ruben for finding the Brookfield year 3 pictures. Here he is, pictured at Tate Britain.

Y6 seed and cake sale

We will be holding a seed and cake sale in the junior playground on Friday 6th December. We will be selling seeds and letting customers plant their seeds in pots that they can take home. There will also be a variety of cakes on sale. We will be running a drawing competition, whoever can draw and decorate the best tree will win a free packet of container grown apple seeds and a pot to plant in!

By Nancy, Clara, Doris, Charly, Jack, Viola, Somayah, Olvia and Slyvi (6 Oak)

Sports News –

The school football team have matches this Tuesday 26th November. 

On Wednesday 27th November the Y4 benchball team have a tournament after school at Talacre Sports Centre. We will be leaving school at approximately 3pm. 

Remember: the strength within us is far greater then the task ahead!

Wise old Haseeb-

Office News –

As we approach the end of term, please ensure your scopay accounts are up to date. Anyone with outstanding balances may be unable to make After School Club bookings next term.

Spare Clothes for Reception

Do you have any spare clothes you could donate to school? Reception have completely run out of trousers! Age 4-5 years. Anything you have going spare would be very gratefully received

Table Tennis Club

Calling all families – new table tennis club on Thursdays from 7pm to 8pm. All ages welcome. We have 3 tables and lots of enthusiasm. Everyone will improve! Come and join us in the lower hall. Optional fee of £2 to cover the letting costs. Hope to see you there, Mike


Artist (and Brookfield Mama) Ritu Sood has created a beautiful limited edition art calendar from her paintings entitled ‘Synergies’. She is offering 50 calendars at £20 each to the Brookfield Community to purchase and a percentage will go to Brookfield School. They are perfect for your home or as gifts, get your order in before they sell out!

Calendars can be collected from the school office, cash payment only. Contact Ritu on / 07949 545 373 / @ritusoodart if you have any queries.

Community Events –

Christmas Day at Jackson’s Lane has been running since 1975. Each year on Christmas Day, the theatre throw open their doors and host a Christmas meal for older and disabled people in the area, who would otherwise be spending Christmas Day alone. The day is entirely volunteer-led. For many volunteers, helping out here has become as much of a tradition in their families as stockings, carols and cold turkey sandwiches on Boxing Day. Find out more about what happens day-to-day over our Christmas Day event by reading last year’s blogpost by our Christmas Day coordinator and a Christmas Day round-up.

If you’ve signed up to be a volunteer and would like more information about what to expect on the day, please email

PTA News

It’s the Y6 Thai food stall today in the playground, which depending when you read this is either about to happen or just did. It’s an absolutely fantastic idea and I’m sure will be very tasty – we’ll let you know how much it raised next week.


It’s the Winter fair – 7th December 12-3pm. Everyone is welcome – it’s free to get in, free to play games and free tea/coffee/squash. Whilst being an important PTA fundraiser, it is also a chance for us all to get together, celebrate and have some fun. 

* We would like to extend a special invitation to our wonderful grandparents. Please could you all invite the kids’ grandparents to help the governors serve the tea and cake? Email

Our Winter Fair needs you. How can you help?

We need donations of a few bits and pieces. Please browse the list below and think about what we can take off your hands!

* Pre-loved toys and books for Reception / Nursery’s toys and books stall (give to the office week of 2nd Dec). No baby or toddler stuff. No bric-a-brac. Thanks.

* High quality homemade craft, jams, chutneys etc for Y6’s Winter Market

* Raffle prizes for Y5’s raffle. From a bottle of Champagne, tickets to shows or a meal in a restaurant – can you offer or arrange anything for the raffle? Make sure you get a ticket too! Tickets on sale soon. 

* We will also need cakes and biscuits on the day for the Grandparents and Governors tea/coffee/cake stall. Get baking!

* We’re hoping to up our game on the craft stall this fair. Let’s make something brilliant! Gifts, decorations, cards etc that look pro. Can you help? It would be wonderful if the craft stall were run by talented crafters who can help the kids make something wonderful. Please volunteer if that’s you! Come and join our craft squad. Email

Any questions or comments or offers of help, email

** And to fully join in the fun, ask your class rep how you can help on the stall **

*****THANK YOU!*****


Got any old bits of random currency knocking about in a drawer at home? If so, bring them into school and donate at the office, and we can turn your pile of cents / yen / koruna / whatever into funds for the PTA. Any currency accepted. Go on, lighten the load.


As you may have gathered, the next school auction is Thursday 6th February 2020 – a great night of entertainment, food, and amazing prizes.

We need your ideas and donations to make it a success. You might not realise that you could be sitting on a brilliant auction item – things such as tours of places of work; music, chess, football coaching; even holiday cottages for a weekend – these are hugely desirable and could make the auction a massive success, so do let us know if you can give your time, access or ideas.

If you have anything that you think might be suitable then please e-mail 


  • Musicians/artists to do a short set on the night;
  • Volunteers to help with preparations, getting people to donate, and on the night with the event itself.

If you would like to get involved or have any questions then please e-mail:

That’s it for this week. You stay classy, Brookfield.